Android malware potentially stole up to 450,000 pieces of personal data: Symantec
- 23 January, 2013 15:21
A fake app store that steals personal information on Android devices may have potentially stolen between 75,000 and 450,000 pieces of personal data such as contact details, according to security firm Symantec.
Not long after Symantec discovered Android.Exprespam, the security firm acquired data that indicated more than 3000 visits were made to the fake app store called Android Express’s Play from 13-20 January.
“The scam has only been around for about two weeks so I am sure that this is just the beginning for the scammers and the amount of personal data collected will increase exponentially,” Joji Hamada, a Symantec employee, wrote in a blog post.
Symantec has found another version of the fake app store, with the domain registed by the Exprespam scammers. The store has not been given a name and appears to still be under construction. However, the security firm warns that a new malware variant is being hosted in the site.
“The scammers are constantly modifying their tactics so that the scam provides a good ‘return’ for them. These updates will not end until the scammers either are caught by the authorities and punished or cease scamming people, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon,” Hamada wrote.
For all smartphone users, the research firm suggests to only download apps from well-known app vendors, avoid clicking on links in emails from unknown sources and install a security app.
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
Five trends affecting legal CIOs
CIO Roundtable: The changing face of security
Bitcoin malware count soars as cryptocurrency value climbs
Bouncing Back From CIO Unemployment
Union slams latest fibre-to-premise trial in Tasmania
Evolving Threats Demand New Approaches to Security
As the world becomes increasingly hyperconnected, the opportunities for innovation are virtually limitless. At the same time, the complexity and risk associated with those opportunities is great. Security threats have the potential for enormous ramifications, but so does deploying a security strategy that compromises the user experience, performance, and the ability to innovate online. This paper will profile the emerging disruptive players, and identifies the essential steps to establishing a secure environment without compromising performance or experience.
The Power of Transformational Knowledge
Apple saves $5 million a year on case and email deflection, while its agents find information 47 per cent faster than before they invested in something called Transformational Knowledge. In today’s consumer-empowered marketplace, you cannot afford negative customer experiences. However many companies lack the tools and processes required to empower their employees to deliver great customer experiences. In this whitepaper, we look at how to breakdown silos and deliver great customer experiences.
Whitepaper: Preventing Data Loss Takes More Than MDM
You need to secure your BYOD devices—but MDM alone isn't enough to prevent data loss. Read this whitepaper—Data Loss Prevention: When MDM Is Not Enough—to learn how to combat MDM shortcomings. See how to add cross-platform security, implement protection policies, and address risks in consumer apps.